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Moonlight Festival

2020-04-30T10:54:52+01:00

Along with the many traditions in the Chinese calendar, the Moonlight Festival marks the change from summer to autumn at the harvest. This year it falls on the 8th of September. It is probably one of the more intimate of celebrations with close families as the tradition is to enjoy a grand feast with foods from the harvest, followed by an after dinner tea sipping. Everyone relishes their harvest moon cakes, all in anticipation of admiring the beautiful full moon together as a family. These past few days leading up to the weekend of festivities has given me the chance to [...]

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Food Heaven

2020-04-30T10:54:52+01:00

I've probably spoken to customers in length about the grandeur of traditional Chinese celebrations where there isn't usually room to compromise on any part of the feast; as the main aim is to give the guests a good time and serve them the very best in terms of food. As we have been seeing a steady growth in parties and events being celebrated at Naturally Chinese, what excited me the most was when I was approached to host a traditional Chinese dinner celebration for the birth of a new born. Occasions such as these are some of the grandest in Chinese [...]

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Compliments Of The Chef

2020-04-30T10:54:52+01:00

The last few weeks have been especially exciting as we've been working on some new concepts for the menu. It's reaffirmed me about having a great team of chefs who are not only passionate about the food but highly skilled at what they do. Their effortless way of delivering excellent dishes has proven to be an art in itself. Apart from our daily lunch and dinners, there are those occasions when a special event calls for the traditional dishes that are essential to Chinese celebrations. Working with delicate foods like turbot, lobster, crab, even jellyfish require patience and care and a competent [...]

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Midsummer Nights Feasts

2020-04-30T10:54:53+01:00

I'm working on the new gluten free menu at the moment, a project that fuels my goals of catering to an emerging group, keeping the tradition of Chinese cuisine but infusing a modern perspective. These are the fun aspects of running a restaurant, the creative part  I look forward to most after dealing with the mundane and administrative side. With all things, it has taken a while to sculpt a niche, and feeling like it is all work in progress is a good thing; keeps things fresh and exciting. This month, we are bringing out a selection of what we'd like [...]

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Authenticity For Living

2020-04-30T10:54:53+01:00

In the midst of materialism, running the race to financial freedom and conspicuous consumption, the need for authenticity might be becoming even greater to us. We all have our path to focus on and how we drive our business is indicative most likely of how we run our lives. The man across the street has his unique direction to take just as I have mine. And in threading our own paths, it leads us to finding an originality and authenticity that is unique to each one of us. In my business, I don’t pretend to be anything other than what I [...]

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School’s Out For Summer

2020-04-30T10:54:53+01:00

Making the best of a typical English Summer can be an experience to remember. I have relished many pretty Summers that have been collected along the way with my children who are all grown up now. I recall the days when my children were little and planning a list of activities to keep them entertained during the summer presented its challenges but brought a joy tenfold. Children look forward eagerly to the summer holiday, a couple of months of fun in the sun and time away from school. I do miss the days of spending long afternoons working on activities with [...]

School’s Out For Summer2020-04-30T10:54:53+01:00

Good Business Ethics

2020-04-30T10:54:53+01:00

There’s something to be said for a good code of business conduct and ethics. A well known Chinese saying “a fox will always show its tail” brings to mind a clarity that helps look farther than the immediate picture in any line of business. The past few weeks have presented its set of hoops to overcome along with the good fortune that Naturally Chinese has enjoyed just the same. Fantastic reviews on trip advisor to a few unexpected challenges that are inevitable sometimes. In the midst of doubts and questions from fellow competitors, we still strive to serve our customers and [...]

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Summer Fun

2020-04-30T10:54:53+01:00

What’s summer without the fun? No matter what the situation, rain or sunshine, there’s always a good excuse to enjoy summer. Great food, wine, celebrating simple pleasures with friends and family. The irony is that England is one of the best places to be during summer so there really isn't the need to travel anywhere else. We at Naturally Chinese are looking forward to an exciting couple of months giving out special offers for you to avail of. For all the football fans intently glued to the matches, gather with your friends and enjoy a delicious take out meal from Naturally [...]

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Father’s Day Weekend

2020-04-30T10:54:53+01:00

“Son’s first hero, daughter’s first love”. I think many of us could agree with this statement. I might be going out on a limb by saying that I’ve often felt that Father’s Day tends to get overlooked as compared to Mother’s Day. But that is my feeling anyway. And I wonder why should it be any different? Shouldn’t fathers receive the same adoration, love and appreciation as the mothers? Perhaps if we celebrated our dads more often, they’d show up for us more? The dated role of father figure is restructuring radically with dads being more involved and active in their [...]

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Looking Towards Summer

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It's been a busy week but productive and fruitful all the same with fantastic news to report. I had a message from Trip Advisor a few days ago telling me that Naturally Chinese had won the 2014 Certificate Of Excellence acknowledging us for our consistent top ratings from Trip Advisor travellers. I am really touched by the responses that I have received about the restaurant and our service. It's never short of a challenge to keep the food and service to the highest standards expected but I am so thankful for a team that works hard to do their best. When [...]

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